North Coast News

B-stock Leapfrog available
2018 Jul 29th

B-stock Leapfrog available

UPDATE:  This item has been sold and is no longer available.  I'm leaving the Web log posting online for historical interest. Hey, kids, I have an assembled Leapfrog Filter here that failed the initial quality control (because of what tu…

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Frequency, latency, and uncertainty
2018 Apr 8th

Frequency, latency, and uncertainty

Some wigglers want "fast" envelopes that will turn a signal on and off without any delay and without any perceptible clicking sound. Some wigglers want spectral effects, like frequency shift or vocoding, without any latency between the input and out…

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News, reviews, and demos
2018 Mar 26th

News, reviews, and demos

We're coming up to the end of the first quarter of 2018, and I'm happy to note that based on the current projection, it looks like the company will actually have a profit this quarter - probably about $10. (Edit: Well, not quite. The quarter ended…

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Ribbet!
2017 Nov 12th

Ribbet!

The Leapfrog VCF does not actually go "ribbet," at least not without some effort. But after being told by one friend I showed it to that most people don't want to make real music with their modulars but just want something that goes "uuuuuuuuuuuLAAA…

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Leapfrog press release
2017 Nov 9th

Leapfrog press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North Coast announces 21st Century modular synthesizer filter TORONTO, Ontario - November 9, 2017 - North Coast Synthesis Ltd., Toronto-based manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, today released its flagship…

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Totally tubular
2017 Nov 5th

Totally tubular

It's just one thing after another with the Leapfrog. I'd been hoping to have them for sale by now, and I am getting close to that point. I actually have the stock of the first batch on hand and ready to sell now. But there's still a fair bit of wr…

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Temperature compensation with NTC thermistors
2017 Oct 22nd

Temperature compensation with NTC thermistors

The panel contractor says they dispatched the first production batch of MSK 007 Leapfrog VCF panels to me on Friday, and those are the last remaining physical items needed before I can launch the module; so I'm still hopeful that I can ai…

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The Celebrated Leaping Frog
2017 Oct 15th

The Celebrated Leaping Frog

I've spent most of this week working on the second and third prototypes for the Leapfrog VCF. I'm hoping to have this product available for sale by the end of the month - maybe in time to have some kind of spooky Halloween tie-in for the launc…

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Nucleosynthesis
2017 Oct 8th

Nucleosynthesis

Here's a diagram of something called the CNO process, encompassing many of the nuclear reactions by which stars shine. I thought it would be fun to "sonify" the CNO process by building some kind of simulation of a star and making it generate m…

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Year end
2017 Sep 24th

Year end

North Coast's first fiscal year ends with this month, and I have a bunch of small news items and progress updates. First up, the Leapfrog VCF. This is the big flagship module that I think people are waiting for, and I was supposed to have the…

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